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7 Tips to Help You Recover From an Unhealthy Labor Day Weekend

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Labor Day weekend offers plenty of opportunities for overeating with your friends and family. In fact, all that food is part of the holiday tradition.

Inclined towards sports? Whether you were watching TV or at the stadium , there's a ton of foods that are traditional — and unhealthy — favorites. Sports fans may have spent the time chowing down on hot dogs or nachos, pretzels, drinking beer or soda.

Maybe you enjoyed the last official day of summer at the water's edge. What tastes better at the end a day at the beach than an ice cream cone or a frosty milkshake?

Were you at a barbecue or a picnic? Burgers are an old barbecue standard. Dishes like potato salad, sandwiches, macaroni salad, chips of all kinds often fill the menu. And they'll fill you up as well.

A movie marathon sounds like a great way to celebrate the long weekend. But be careful if it comes complete with buttered popcorn, pizza, sodas, candy or chips with dip.

Getting indigestion just thinking about it all?

Wondering what to do after a Labor Day Weekend binge? You are not alone.

Here are some sane and easy tips that may help you to recover after a long weekend:

1) Stop the madness.

Sometimes after you start a food bonanza, it can be hard to stop. And morale can drop pretty low, if you see yourself as a foodie failure. But that's just counterproductive, and not the truth.

There's no reason today can't be a brand new day in a healthy direction. The first step is getting your head wrapped around the decision to start again.

2) Avoid the things you're craving.

The more you eat sugary foods, for instance, the more you will crave them. It can be hard to make a U-turn but it's well worth it. The less you feed them, the quieter and less frequent cravings may become.

3) Replace soda with water.

If that sounds so plain and boring you want to cry, toss in a wedge of lemon or slice of lime, maybe a few berries.

4) Replace the unhealthy foods with healthy ones.

Instead of junk food, eat veggies in a salad or a stir fry, or cooked as a side dish.

Diet 911: After You Overeat. WebMD.com. Retrieved Sept. 5, 2016.

6 Reasons You Shouldn't Starve Yourself After Over-indulging. Womenshealthmag.com. Retrieved Sept. 5, 2016.

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